Defense Distributed Site Forced To Take Down Designs
By Harold Hutchison
Defense Distributed, which had made a mark by producing a single-shot pistol known as the Liberator in the wake of successfully producing an AR-15 lower receiver and magazine, has been forced to pull a number of its designs off the internet by the State Department.
According to the London Daily Mail, over 100,000 people downloaded the blueprints for the Liberator. The development of the pistol prompted hysterics from anti-gun members of Congress, including Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY).
It may be too late to stop the 21st-century version of the Liberator. Already, Pirate Bay is hostng the design – and the entire DefCad archive has also appeared on the Torrent site, as have plans for the company’s AR-15 lower receiver.